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Our goal is to provide the child with a nurturing environment that fosters creativity, stimulates the imagination and intellect and develops social skills. By participating in music, arts and crafts, dramatic play, manipulative materials, science, cooking projects, carpentry, story-telling, games, outdoor activities and cooperative play, the child will have an opportunity to experience an ever increasing selection of activities appropriate to the individual needs and abilities of the child.


Eligibility: Fall Program (September - December): Children must be two years old by the following January. Spring Program (February-May): Children must be two years old by the following September.

Day/Hour: Thursdays from 3:00-4:30 pm

This 14-week program is designed to provide both parent and child with an introduction to preschool activities. By becoming familiar with the teachers and the space and following the format of the morning program, both parent and child will be able to make the transition to the Tuesday/Thursday mornings with confidence. An opportunity for the adults to meet and discuss common concerns while the children are having snacks is also incorporated into the afternoon classes.


Eligibility: Children must be at least two years six months old. The program starts in September or January depending on the child's age.

Hours: 8:30 am - 11:30 am; optional lunch program from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This program is often a child's first experience of being away from parents in a school environment. Children learn to cooperate and play with their peers, accept instruction from new adults, and adjust successfully to a school environment. They become comfortable with the daily routine and enjoy age-appropriate projects and activities.


Eligibility: Children must be three on or before September 1st.

Hours: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

This program continues to offer age-appropriate activities that build on the skills the children have mastered. The children are encouraged to make choices and use their improved verbal abilities to communicate and negotiate with their peers.


This optional program is offered from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm for children who are enrolled in the MWF Morning program.

Because of State mandated provisions for a rest time for this age group, space is limited. The child must be toilet trained to participate. This program gives the children a chance to participate at BNS in a smaller group. It is a fun-filled opportunity to form new friendships and to explore science, games, art, literature and language arts. The content of each afternoon focuses on science, literature or games. Every afternoon includes a quiet time, a circle where movement is encouraged, free time outside, and a project based on the theme of the day.

The Wednesday Afternoon Program is only offered to children whose fourth birthday falls between August 1 and December 1 and are also enrolled in the MWF Morning Program. This program includes a unit about Tiburon and Belvedere and a unit on Marin Landmarks. The children learn about the history and landmarks of their community through pictures, discussions and field trips to some of the local spots.


Eligibility: Children must be four on or before September 1st

Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Classes are held at the Hawthorne Campus in the Community Congregational Church classroom space. This program was established in 1969 to meet the specific developmental needs of four and five year olds. The teaching staff provides a safe and supportive environment that encourages curiousity and concentration and challenges the child to try new things. Through working with themes, the child learns some specific information, extends his imagination, develops the ability to follow directions of more than one step, and increases small muscle skills. A major emphasis at Hawthorne is also placed on developing social skills that will enable the child to make and keep friends.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Children must be currently enrolled in the Hawthorne morning program to be eligible. The program runs from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. Children may stay for any or all three days.

In addition to quiet time and free activities, the program offers a curriculum of music and art. The children learn an new repertoire of songs and study the instruments of the orchestra. In two-week intervals, they learn about different artists and produce their own art in the style of each artist studied. Twice during the year they bring home a portfolio of art produced in the style of Van Gogh, Matisse, and Mondrian, among others.